April 24, 2014

Welcome to Swearer Sparks, an online platform for social change and storytelling where the Brown University community can spark new ideas and connections. Learn more.

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Recent Stories on Sparks

August 13, 2014

Kalie Boyne '16 is a Royce Fellow traveling from Providence to Boston and San Diego to create portraits and collect stories of diverse individuals on the subjects of self-definition, value, purpose, and experience. 

Kalie Boyne
August 8, 2014

Kearney McDonnell is a rising sophomore from Pipersville, PA. She is a Tri-Lab participant who has plans to study public health and psychology, and is interested in food, food systems, and nutrition. 

Kearney McDonnell
August 7, 2014

Fiora Macpherson '16 is a Social Innovation Fellow and the Director of Expansion at the Student Language Exchange.

Fiora Macpherson
August 7, 2014
Pro-Athletes and Kids Team Up Against Cancer
Every athlete has been told "you're not going to make it" and yet they did. When they share that message with our kids, there's really a magic.
Hillary Brady
August 7, 2014

Nelly Marianne Weledji '15 is a Royce Fellow.

Nelly Marianne Weledji
August 7, 2014

Shelby Wilson '15 is a Royce Fellow studying bees by integrating citizen science.

Shelby Wilson
July 31, 2014
How Nineteen Students Turned Providence Into Their Classroom

Inspired by the series Humans of New York, we asked nineteen students in this year's iProv Summer Internship program to share something about themselves or their work in Providence with us. 

What we heard surprised, amused, and moved us. Take a look.

Liza Yeager and Tom Sullivan
July 30, 2014
How can technology improve school attendance rates?
Attendance was really, really inconsistent among my students; I would easily have 10% of kids in their seats when school started in the morning.
Hillary Brady
July 30, 2014

Jared and Ivy are Social Innovation Fellows who have created Moving Mountains, an organization that uses outdoor education to empower urban youth to achieve academically, embrace civic engagement, and practice lifelong environmental stewardship.

Ivy Sokol and Jared Rothenberg
July 29, 2014

Lee-Sien Kao '15 is working with the Healthy Communities Office at City Hall through the iProv Summer Internship Program.

Lee-Sien Kao
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